News: Maya Hayuk Mural at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

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Gallery artist Maya Hayuk recently completed a large scale mural in Toronto.

This mural project titled “P.M.A. (Positive Mental Attitude)” was completed in September of 2013. The mural is located in the courtyard at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art at 952 Queen Street West in Toronto. This project marks Hayuk’s first large scale installation in Canada and was coordinated by Spectrum Art Projects and The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.

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Installation: De-Accessioned

The current exhibition De-Accessioned continues at the gallery until January 19, 2013.

De-Accessioned

Matthew Brown
Georgia Dickie
Charles Gute
Colleen Heslin
Lili Huston-Herterich
Laura McCoy
Abby McGuane
Tegan Moore
Les Ramsay
Sean Weisgerber
Jay Wilson

Curated by Lucas Soi

To view more installations shots please visit this link.

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Upcoming: De-Accessioned

De-Accessioned
Matthew Brown, Georgia Dickie, Charles Gute, Colleen Heslin, Lili Huston-Herterich, Laura McCoy,
Abby McGuane, Tegan Moore, Les Ramsay, Sean Weisgerber, Jay Wilson
December 14, 2012 – January 19, 2013

Opening reception: Friday December 14, 2012 / 6 – 10pm / facebook

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Press: Tessar Lo & Mark DeLong Reviewed By Canadian Art

Tessar Sebastian Lo and Mark DeLong’s current exhibitions at the gallery received a review from Canadian Art.

“Currently on view at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto is an exhibition that juxtaposes bodies of work by two Canadian artists of distinctly different practices—one more emotional and illustrative, the other more conceptual and abstract. Interestingly, both artists’ visual gestures still fit with gallery owner Simon Cole’s long-time interest in street-based art practices such as graffiti, stencil and paste-up.

The larger portion of Cooper Cole’s floor space (which is fairly large for a Dundas West location) is dedicated to “Past, Present, Past-Present,” an exhibition of new paintings by Toronto-based artist Tessar Sebastian Lo, while the smaller rear gallery hosts “No Cover,” a small collection of works by Vancouver-based artist Mark DeLong.

DeLong’s work is described on the gallery website as a blending of the abstract and the representational, though its representational qualities perhaps owe more to the quirky titles of the paintings than to what can be deciphered from the canvases themselves.

Bagels for Lunch, for example, is a recent work by the self-taught DeLong that forces me to look for these aforementioned bagels; though I do eventually allow myself to settle on a shape that could be a man eating a bagel, I wonder if DeLong is manipulating me, using the dichotomy of image and language as a tool of suggestion, the way a psychiatrist would ask someone what they see in an inkblot.

DeLong’s 2012 work Grapes boasts an equally absurd relationship with its title. While I feel certain that there are no grapes to be found in this image, I’m amused by the dry humour and confidently lazy brushstrokes that distinguish DeLong’s work; while most likely unintentional, I can’t help recalling the accusatory painting in Ad Reinhardt’s famous “What do you represent?” comic. The rich colours and suggested narratives induce a perplexing interrogation of the work, a mode that is certainly more in line with contemporary practices than the effects found in the adjoining exhibition.

I found Cole’s inclusion of Lo’s more expressive work to be somewhat cheeky given DeLong’s drier approach. Though Lo’s and DeLong’s works both speak to a mix of abstraction and representation, the similarities end there. There is no time for self-referentiality or apathy in Lo’s paintings; instead, they are urgent with understated angst.

Lo’s work, for me, cannot escape the distinct feel of outsider art—although the artist is an graduate of the illustration program at Sheridan College and has been exhibited nationally and internationally—and similarly, its ties to symbolist archetypes.

Still Life, Before, (no suggestive titles here) is a large painting that feels cumulative of all of Lo’s preferred symbols (or, as he refers to them, totems). The surface is an unusual blend of pastels and surly darknesses, depicting a bird’s-eye view of a tabletop with Cézanne-esque fruits, clocks, compasses, a knife, eggs, and what seems to be a disembodied pair of hands and a face.

This work by Lo—and all his others here, in fact—provide surreal documentation of the fleeting moments in time in which we make decisions that lead us down one path or another, whether we choose to dwell in the past, letting our relative melancholies consume us, or to become resilient en route to the present.

While my studies in art history presuppose that I should be more stimulated by the conceptual nature of DeLong’s work, I can’t help but feel drawn to Lo’s paintings, and to the emotional honesty which informs them.”

Written by Mariam Nader.

To view the full review please visit Canadian Art.

Tessar Sebastian Lo’s exhibition past, present, past-present, and Mark DeLong’s exhibition No Cover continues until April 22, 2012.

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News: Lauren Luloff Artworks Available

COOPER COLE is pleased to announce the inclusion of New York based artist Lauren Luloff to the gallery’s roster.


Cut Landscape / Oil paint on collaged fabric / 21″ x 17″ / 2012

Luloff, born in 1980 in Dover, NH, received her MFA from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and a BFA from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Her work has been included in the notable exhibitions at Tanya Bonakdar, New York; the Queens Museum of Art, New York; and at the Bronx River Arts Center, New York. She was recently profiled in The New York Times T Magazine, and New York Arts Magazine listed her as one of the top 30 artists to watch in 2012. She has also been mentioned in The Village Voice, The Brooklyn Rail, Vellum Magazine, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, and Art in America. Luloff currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and is scheduled for a solo exhibition at COOPER COLE in early 2013.

To see a full selection of available works please visit Luloff’s artist profile.

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Preview: Ryan Wallace

Above is a shot of Ryan Wallace‘s installation that is featured in the exhibition Transmission Lines which opens this week at the gallery. Wallace will be showing alongside fellow American artist Chris Duncan.

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday February 3, 2012 / 6 – 10pm.

More details can be found on the facebook event page.

Preview: Chris Duncan

Above is a shot of Chris Duncan‘s piece titled World Wide Web that is featured in the exhibition Transmission Lines which opens this week at the gallery. Duncan will be showing alongside fellow American artist Ryan Wallace.

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday February 3, 2012 / 6 – 10pm.

More details can be found on the facebook event page.

Recap: SCOPE 2011

COOPER COLE recently exhibited in the 2011 SCOPE Miami Art Fair presenting a survey of works from gallery exhibited artists.  

Participating artists included Cleon Peterson, Jen Stark, Jesse Harris, Maya Hayuk, Ryan Wallace, and Steve Powers.

The gallery received a favorable response at the fair with work being acquired by public institutions and private collectors from across the globe.

The works from the fair are now available to view online.

Please contact the gallery for availability or additional information.


Ryan Wallace / Polemic 11, 18, 15 / In Situ.